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Texas Supreme Court Invokes the Political Question Doctrine to Dismiss Dog Bite Case

Like motor vehicle collisions, dog bite cases are not uncommon. Just as drivers are held responsible for the injuries they cause if they negligently cause a wreck, dog owners are held responsible if their dog bites someone due to the owner's negligence or if the dog is known to be "vicious, dangerous or mischievous." However, one of the more bizarre outcomes of a dog bite case was seen recently. The Texas Supreme Court dismissed the case under a constitutional doctrine that most of the public has never heard of and even most lawyers would only vaguely remember from their first year of law school-the "political question" doctrine.

Border Patrol Chase Results in Five Dead Undocumented Immigrants

On June 17, 2018, a tragic crash occurred in a small Texas town resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities. Five undocumented immigrants were killed in a Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents and a sheriff's deputy. The accident occurred in a town near Big Wells about 50 miles from the Mexican border and 100 miles southwest of San Antonio. A total of fourteen people were inside the SUV and many of them were ejected out of the vehicle when it rolled onto the highway.

Trampoline Dangers and Safety Issues on the Rise

In recent years, trampolines on average have caused approximately 100,000 injuries annually in the United States. Between 2001 and 2011, approximately 300,000 broken bones were reported from trampolines, and almost one million emergency room visits. Of those who visited the emergency room, approximately 37% were young children, and 15% were below the age of six. The most common injury is spine and leg fractures.

Deadly Carbon Monoxide Risk in Keyless Cars

Since 2006, twenty-eight people have been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. Some victims have left their cars running in the garage, which allows carbon monoxide gas to get into their homes. Another forty-five people have suffered debilitating injuries.

Texas Supreme Court Opinion Interpreting the Texas Tort Claims Act Draws Two Dissents

In a rare 5-4 decision issued without hearing oral argument, the Texas Supreme Court dismissed a wrongful death suit filed against the City of San Antonio by the widow of a motorcyclist who was killed in a high speed chase with the San Antonio Police Department. The widow had not provided the City with notice required under San Antonio's City Charter and under the Texas Tort Claims Act, and while there is a statutory exception for "actual notice," the Supreme Court held that San Antonio did not have actual notice under the existing case law even though there was a policy crash report detailing the accident and listing "Fleeing or Evading Police" as a contributing factor. The case, City of San Antonio v. Tenorio, and the dissents offered by four of the justices, are informative for anyone interested in the rights of Texans to seek compensation when they are injured by the government.

Court Awards $6.45 Million Judgment in 'Revenge Porn' Case

A woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in court records, has obtained a $6.45 million judgment in federal court against a former boyfriend, David K. Elam II, for accusations that Elam posted intimate photos of her as "revenge porn" online. Revenge porn is online harassment that occurs when former lovers or hackers post sexually explicit images of people online without their permission. In this case, the court found that Elam was liable for the injuries caused by his "systematic revenge porn campaign" and ordered him to pay damages to Doe.

Social Media and Your Case

Nearly two-thirds of American adults use social media. However, when it comes to a lawsuit, defense lawyers and insurance companies are using social media more and more frequently as a tactic to diminish or devalue one's case. Here are some tips:

Lawsuit Against Cable Company for Woman Raped

The family of a 72-year-old woman with Alzheimer's is suing Charter Communications and DCOMM Inc. after the woman, who is not named in the lawsuit, was raped last year while having communications services set up in her home.

Residents Sue Over Radioactive Material Storage Sites

A business owner in Bridgeton and a homeowner in St. Ann have filed lawsuits pursuing compensation for damages they say were caused by the negligent handling of radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill and at storage sites along Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County.

Settlement Reached in Improper Manual Body Cavity Search Suit

On June 20, 2015 a 20-year-old college student, Charneshia Corley, was pulled over by Harris County Sheriff Deputies for allegedly running a stop sign and failing to use a turn signal. While the Deputies interviewed her, they claimed to smell marijuana emanating from her car. After thoroughly searching Ms. Corley's, they found nothing. The Deputies then decided to conduct a visual strip search and a manual body cavity search of Ms. Corley. The entire 11 minute search was caught on tape by the car cam.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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